Schneeball (snowball) is a pastry native to the Rothenburg ob der Tauber region of Germany. Each region of Germany has different pastries that are unique to that area, and Rothenburg’s happens to be schneeball.
Schneeballen have been around for nearly 300 years and were traditionally only made for special events, like weddings, but now are a popular treat found all over in Rothenburg.
Schneeball is made with short crust pastry dough that is sliced into scalloped strips, wound up, deep fried using a Schneeballeneisen, then covered in toppings and sometimes filled. You can purchase a Schneeballeneisen on Amazon.
A variety of flavors and variations can be found throughout the Rothenburg area. You’ll find schneeballen with caramel, hazelnut, and marzipan filling and topped with almonds, chocolate, pistachios, flavored chocolate, hazelnuts, and more.
If you aren’t headed to the Rothenburg area, you can try making schneeballen at home. Here are some recipes to try out:
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